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Memorable Manitobans: James Andrew Dowler (1890-1947)

Insurance executive.

Born at Winnipeg on 31 October 1890, son of James Dowler (1846-1924) and Margaret Sutherland (1856-1948) and sibling of William Johnstone Dowler, Minnabell Anne Dowler, and Kathleen Elizabeth Dowler (1895-1986, wife of Harold E. Riter), after attending Winnipeg public and high schools, he began working for the Canadian Fire Insurance Company, rising to the position of General Manager. He assisted in the organization of the Western Canadian Fire Underwriters Association and was its President in 1937-1938. He served as Vice-President of the local YMCA, Chairman of the Camp Stephens Committee, President of the Winnipeg Winter Club, and a board member of the Canadian Club of Winnipeg. He was Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors for Riverbend School and one of the organizers of the Winnipeg Salvage Corps during the Second World War. He was a member of the Manitoba Club, AF & AM (Assiniboine Lodge), and Young United Church. He died at his Winnipeg home, 81 Waterloo Street, on 17 May 1947 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“James Dowler, pioneer, dead,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 November 1924, page 5.

“J. A. Dowler, fire underwiter, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1947. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9]

“J. A. Dowler, fire underwiter, dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 May 1947, page 13.

Obituary [Mrs. Margaret Dowler], Winnipeg Tribune, 16 February 1948, page 3.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2018

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